Our award-winning river, lakes and ocean ships sail to some incredible destinations and with American Queen Voyages, you can get a deeper insight into some locations thanks to your favourite movies. We’ve put together a list of some places we visit on our sailings that have been forever immortalised through the big screen.
Iconic Movie Settings
Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis
Experience the movie Elvis in real life on our shore excursion, The Elvis Experience. Begin your Mississippi River journey with a tour of the “The King’s” home, Graceland. The mansion has an audio tour that walks you through each part of rock & roll legend Elvis Presley’s life. After exploring Graceland, the Entertainment Complex features numerous exhibits with Elvis’ clothing, cars, and legacy. As you take a journey back in time through Elvis’ life, you can feel the spirit of “The King” all around you.
Dubuque, Iowa, Field of Dreams
Walk the steps of Kevin Costar, James Earl Jones, and Ray Liotta during the Field of Dreams Experience. Located just outside of Dubuque, Iowa, in nearby Dyersville, guests can see the Field of Dreams movie’s signature farmhouse and baseball diamond. Did you know that the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds played at the Field of Dreams Stadium on August 11, 2022?
Mackinac Island, Michigan, Somewhere in Time
If you remember the classic movie, Somewhere in Time, a trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan, is a must. The famous motion picture starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour was filmed on Mackinac Island, with many scenes taking place in The Grand Hotel. Join the American Queen Voyages team on a Great Lakes sailing and embark on a horse-drawn carriage tour around Mackinac Island. As you take in the charm of the island, you will eventually come face to face with The Grand Hotel. Once there, keep your eyes peeled for the vintage framed photo of Jane Seymour.
Chicago, Illinois, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Take inspiration from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and enjoy a day bouncing around Chicago, Illinois. The famous film features iconic Chicago locations, such as Wrigley Field, Sears Tower, and Grant Park, now known as Millennium Park. Sail on the American Queen Voyages roundtrip Chicago itinerary for the opportunity to see the “Windy City” twice.
Sitka, Alaska, The Proposal
Explore Sitka, Alaska, known for its abundance of wildlife, salmon fishing, and adventurous recreational activities, on an Ocean Victory expedition. As you sail along the Pacific Ocean to remote destinations, such as Kake and Frederick Sound; Endicott Arm, Tracy Arm; and Petersburg, you can step into the shoes of Margaret Tate from rom com, The Proposal.
Astoria, Oregon, The Goonies
Pretend to be a pirate for a day when you visit Astoria, Oregon, the filming location for the motion picture, The Goonies. Travel around town on the hop-on-hop-off tour and visit the picturesque Astoria Riverwalk, the historical Heritage Museum, and the magnificent monument, the Astoria Column.
Louisville, Kentucky, Secretariat
Animal lovers will fall head over heels for Louisville, Kentucky, especially after finding out that the hit Walt Disney Pictures movie, Secretariat, was filmed in Louisville. Guests who hop onboard our St. Louis to Louisville cruise on American Queen will enjoy our Private Churchill Downs Backstretch Post-Cruise Experience. On this tour, we go behind the scenes of the “world’s most legendary racetrack”. Or, to get the complete experience, you can join us on our Kentucky Derby cruise.
Natchez, Mississippi, Every Time a Bell Rings
Getting in the holiday spirit is easy with the help of Every Time a Bell Rings. This holiday film was shot in the charming town of Natchez, Mississippi, and is the perfect film to spread holiday cheer. There’s no better time to visit Natchez, Mississippi, than on one of our festive season sailings.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jack Reacher
Take a trip to the “Steel City” to immerse yourself in the action thriller film Jack Reacher. Visit PNC Park, home to the Pittsburgh Pirates and the opening scene of the hit film with actor Tom Cruise. Then walk along the Allegheny River for scenic views. As you explore the city of Pittsburgh, make sure to also visit stop and smell the roses at the Botanical Gardens and get a history lesson at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
New Orleans, Louisiana, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Travel to the past with the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, based loosely on a short story written by famed author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Enjoy sailing to or from New Orleans or go on a roundtrip voyage to see some of the New Orleans locations this three-time Oscar-winning movie was filmed.
Whether you are a movie buff or not, cruising the mighty North American rivers, Lakes & Oceans, or hopping on an expedition voyage, has sights, sounds, scents, and flavours, for everyone to enjoy. Not sure which movie location you want to explore first? Check out our many itineraries and start planning your next American Queen Voyages holiday!